You’re Booked

Hosted ByDaisy Buchanan

Welcome to You’re Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favourite authors’ bookshelves.

I’m Daisy Buchanan, your Book Inspector, and I’ll be asking our guests all about the first forbidden books they read under the covers, the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back, and those impressive heavyweight hardbacks that make them look like intellectual giants – even though they couldn’t get beyond the first twenty pages.

We’ll also be talking about what makes readers into writers, how our guests became book lovers and their favourite reading memories, all with a dash of intelligence and a dollop of irreverence. Our guests include Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla, and many more favourites from our own bookshelves.

29. Ayisha Malik

We’re off to South London this week to meet and chat to the fabulous Ayisha Malik! Ayisha worked in publishing before the publication of her first smash hit novel Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, described as ‘the Muslim Bridget Jones’. She then produced a sequel The Other Half of Happiness and her new book, This Green and Pleasant Land has just been released to great acclaim. We talked to her about Rochester versus Darcy, religion in writing, childhood faves and terrible author behaviour.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Ayisha Malik – Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Ayisha Malik – This Green and Pleasant Land

L. Frank Baum – The Wizard of Oz

Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Angela Carter – Fairy Tales

Jane Austen – Persuasion

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen – Emma

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Nancy Mitford – Love in a Cold Climate

Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love

Nancy Mitford – Don’t Tell Alfred

Muriel Spark – Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark – Momento Mori

Muriel Spark – Loitering With Intent

Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary

Helen Fielding – The Edge of Reason

Monica Ali – Brick Lane

Norton Anthology of Literature

Graham Greene – End of the Affair

Graham Greene – A Burnt Out Case

Anita Brookner – Hotel Du Lac

Alex Khan – Bollywood Wives

Regina Porter – The Travellers

Nigella Lawson – Nigella Kitchen

Giorgio Locatelli – Made in Sicily

Brian Chikwava – Harare North

Fatima Bhutto – Songs of Blood and Sword

Kate Fox – Watching the English

JK Rowling – Casual Vacancy

Liane Moriarty – Big Little Lies

Richard Yates – Collected Stories

Richard Yates – Revolutionary Road

Raymond Carver – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Grace Paley – Collected Stories

Richard Flanagan – Narrow Road to the Deep North

Adam Johnson –

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